Ovulation And Pregnancy Test Sales Soar

Droves of British women have caused a huge spike in the sales of fertility and pregnancy tests in the wake of Kate Middleton’s pregnancy announcement. Is a UK baby boom on the horizon?

Positive pregnancy test

Clearblue, a popular pregnancy, ovulation and fertility test manufacturer, has reported a significant upswing in sales of their products since Kate Middleton announced that she has a royal bun in the oven.

An increase in tests

Clearblue has divulged that sales of home fertility monitors and pregnancy tests have spiked recently -- the increase? As much as 60 percent in the UK.

“We’ve never seen an increase like this before,” said Hugh Ayling, Clearblue UK Brand Manager. “We were pretty stunned when the stats came in and we wondered why it was. Then we worked it back and saw the spike came after Kate made her announcement.”

British baby boom

"The appeal of having a child the same age as the heir to the British throne is undeniable, especially for those who love their royalty"

A baby boom was also predicted in 1984 when Princess Diana was expecting Prince Harry. However, sociologists are saying that there may be any number of reasons -- the 2012 Olympics, the Jubilee, and even the erotic novel 50 Shades of Grey, which is apparently popular worldwide (I have not read the book so I will not comment on its quality or lack thereof, however).

Still, Kate Middleton may be truly inspiring to hopeful mothers-to-be in her home country. The appeal of having a child the same age as the heir to the British throne is undeniable, especially for those who love their royalty.

Of course, not every British person trying to get pregnant right now is doing so because of her love for the monarchy, especially if the comments on the Huffington Post piece are any indication. “Can we all, please, spare a thought for the many many women who will be having babies from July 13 onwards that have absolutely nothing to do with either 'trying to emulate the Windsors' or that 50 Shades nonsense?” asked one commenter.

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